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Another question about indoor potty training

For those of you that have trained your dogs to use indoor pottys, do you also have area rugs in the SAME room with the potty pads? Can a dog be trained to know the difference between the potty pad and an area rug? I have an open floor plan and right now while doing indoor potty training my rugs are blocked off by wire fencing. But eventually I will have to remove the wire fencing and my dog will access to them in the same room as the potty pads. Since I have an open floor plan, I cannot block off the rugs using doors or gates. I noticed that most breeders' homes that I visited did not have rugs. Please let me know about your situation with rugs. Thanks very much for your honest answer because if this is something that is difficult to do, I will switch to outdoor potty training.
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For those of you that have trained your dogs to use indoor pottys, do you also have area rugs in the SAME room with the potty pads? Can a dog be trained to know the difference between the potty pad and an area rug? I have an open floor plan and right now while doing indoor potty training my rugs are blocked off by wire fencing. But eventually I will have to remove the wire fencing and my dog will access to them in the same room as the potty pads. Since I have an open floor plan, I cannot block off the rugs using doors or gates. I noticed that most breeders' homes that I visited did not have rugs. Please let me know about your situation with rugs. Thanks very much for your honest answer because if this is something that is difficult to do, I will switch to outdoor potty training.
I donít use pee pads, and this is one of the reasons why. I have seen too many dogs confuse pee pads and scatter rugs. (And the washable pee pads are the worst. I honestly donít know a single dog raised on washable pads who HADNíT had a long-term problem with scatter rugs or any cloth left on the floor) Iíve never seen a dog confuse a litter box or grate-type potty with a rug. They feel completely different under foot.


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For those of you that have trained your dogs to use indoor pottys, do you also have area rugs in the SAME room with the potty pads? Can a dog be trained to know the difference between the potty pad and an area rug? I have an open floor plan and right now while doing indoor potty training my rugs are blocked off by wire fencing. But eventually I will have to remove the wire fencing and my dog will access to them in the same room as the potty pads. Since I have an open floor plan, I cannot block off the rugs using doors or gates. I noticed that most breeders' homes that I visited did not have rugs. Please let me know about your situation with rugs. Thanks very much for your honest answer because if this is something that is difficult to do, I will switch to outdoor potty training.
I use pee pads but only in the grate type holders. It has a different feel from rugs and keeps them from shredding the pee pads. I liked the UGoDog but it is unavailable so the one I got for the puppy's ex pen is from Richell. It works fine.
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My understanding is most people just introduce new rugs and carpet just like they would introduce a new area in their home - watch vigilantly and train and play in the area so the dog wont want to pee there.

I just bought a new rug at the beginning of the summer. The way I handled it was probably overkill, considering our dog is almost 2 and well potty trained. But, I was worried because I went through a couple of rugs at my back door because he peed waiting to go out when no one was paying attention.

In addition to my area rug I bought a small rug sample. I kept the big rug blocked off for about a week and kept the small rug in the family room, which is where he hangs out most of the time, so he would get used to it. After a few days I spent some time actively playing and training with him on the big rug. So far so good. I still block it off when heís home alone, but I donít think I will ever leave him home alone on carpet at all because of his anxiety.

Honestly, I think my dogs nails are a bigger threat to my rugs than pee.

I agree about pee pads, assuming they are similar to paper. Our puppy was introduced to indoor training through the breeder with paper. I think itís a million times harder for someone inexperienced to train with paper and a million times easier for someone inexperienced to train with pellets. When I switched to pellets my puppy stopped trying to proudly pee on every piece of paper he found (and I have school age kids so sometimes it feels like there are papers everywhere).
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Thank you . I do have the grated potty also. I will try to use that.
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When it comes to using pellets I must confess that I am confused on how to use these. My puppy was trained with paper. I am not sure how easy it will be to transition her to pellets now. I am not even sure how to do it. I have never even seen pellets. What type of container do I use to hold the pellets? And I do not understand how to clean a box with pellets? How often do you change the pellets? Would you say using a potty with a grate and paper would work also? That would be easier for me to do.
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Krandall, you seem to have a lot of experience with Havanese. So you feel that a grate style potty works? My dog will know the difference between the rugs and the potty?
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When it comes to using pellets I must confess that I am confused on how to use these. My puppy was trained with paper. I am not sure how easy it will be to transition her to pellets now. I am not even sure how to do it. I have never even seen pellets. What type of container do I use to hold the pellets? And I do not understand how to clean a box with pellets? How often do you change the pellets? Would you say using a potty with a grate and paper would work also? That would be easier for me to do.
Using a grated system with a pee pad is fine... except for the smell. I find pee pads objectionably smelly, even if picked up as soon as you get home from being out. Pellets don't smell. If you are using an open litter box, it is safest to use pine wood pellet horse bedding. "Equine Pine" is the brand name. Many of us use the Tractor supply store brand. But if you are using a grated system, where the dog can't get at them anyway, you can just use any wood stove pellets. You can get them at Home Depot, Lowes... anywhere.

The wet pellets puff up into a little pile of sawdust, so they are immediately obvious, even though they don't smell. I use a small tabletop crumb-type dustpan to remove the wet spots. because I do it daily, I really never have to empty the entire pan. I just replace the amount of pellets needed to keep a constant level of pellets in the tray. Poop, of course, stays on the top of the grate, and you just pick it up with a tissue and flush it down the toilet. Normally, my dog's poop is fairly firm, so there is no residue on the grate. If there is, I take it out to the driveway and hose it off. In the winter, I spray it down in our spare bath shower, then bleach the shower.
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